Date Night Delights

Opening Paragraph – In the spirit of saving you precious time (and potential arguments) when deciding where to embark on your next memorable date night this summer, I decided to compile a handpicked selection of my absolute favorite spots across five of our vibrant FROME cities. From the bustling streets of New York City to the enchanting alleys of Boston, the glamorous vibes of Los Angeles to the cultural hub that is Philadelphia, there’s a delightful destination for every couple seeking an unforgettable experience. So, sit back, relax, and allow me to be your guide in uncovering some hidden gems….

Boston

Expertly straddling the line between bar, restaurant, and nightlife, Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar has been offering guests an elevated dining experience for modern Mexican inspired cuisine and craft cocktails since 2010. From the moment you step inside, you’re greeted with an explosion of colors, playful decor, and a lively atmosphere that sets the stage for a night of fun and romance. The walls are adorned with provocative artwork and quirky murals that reflect the spirit of the place—bold, adventurous, and unapologetically unique. The menu is a treasure trove of Mexican delights, featuring mouthwatering tacoszesty guacamole, and flavorful enchiladas that will transport you straight to the streets of Mexico City. But it’s not just the food that makes Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar a standout—it’s the drinks. The extensive tequila and mezcal selection is a tequila lover’s dream come true, with an array of premium spirits waiting to be savored. So, whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply looking to spice up your date night, Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar is the perfect destination for you. http://www.lolitamexican.com

Welcome to Roxanne’s, where the lights are low, the music is sultry, and romance is most definitely in the air. In the heart of Boston, this gem ( and my number 1 for Boston ) is the epitome of a perfect date night spot. The ambiance is both vibrant and intimate, striking the perfect balance between lively and romantic. The amazing staff are passionate about creating unforgettable experiences, ensuring that every moment spent here is filled with warmth, hospitality, and just a touch of humor. The menu is a smattering of small plates designed for sharing, like the delectable Fried Goat Cheese Bites or the bold Salt and Pepper Wings. My suggestion for some sips ? The Staycation or Naked and Instafamous. Their intimate seating arrangements creates a cozy and romantic ambiance, perfect for stealing glances and sharing laughter. And the candlelit tables provide the ideal setting for deep conversations and stolen kisses. Basically, Roxanne’s is not just a bar—it’s a sanctuary where love blooms, where memories are made, and where time seems to stand still. https://www.roxannesboston.com

New York

The Flower Shop https://www.theflowershopnyc.com/ is actually owned by an old friend of mine, Ronnie Flynn ( if you’re reading this, G’day and I miss ya ) and his business partner Dylan Hales. It’s been a favorite for folks since opening in 2017 and as the name depicts, is full of all the glorious foliage we so sorely miss when operating within the concrete jungle. The cozy and eclectic interior, adorned with vintage decor and charming floral accents, sets the stage for a night of romance and intrigue. The bartenders behind the flower-adorned bar are not just mixologists, but true artists, crafting concoctions that are as visually stunning as they are delicious. I recommend The Pirate Rose or The Spanky. Their menu showcases a fusion of flavors, with dishes ranging from elevated comfort food to inventive seasonal creations. Indulge in a delectable cheese and charcuterie board or savor the crispy perfection of their famous fried chicken. The Flower Shop NYC is a haven for lovebirds, a place where beauty, flavor, and romance converge to create an unforgettable date night experience. https://www.theflowershopnyc.com

Welcome to La Saloon Cocktail Bar in the heart of New York City, where the art of mixology meets the allure of old-world charm. This hidden gem nestled in the bustling streets of the city that never sleeps is the epitome of a perfect date night spot. The dimly lit ambiance, plush intimate leather seating, and art deco-inspired decor create an atmosphere that exudes seduction. You’ll find yourself lost in deep discussions and laughter with your date, as the enchanting melodies from the live jazz band serenade you in the background. The menu boasts an impressive array of classic and innovative cocktails, from the timeless Old Fashioned to the whimsical creations that push the boundaries of taste and imagination. And the attentive and knowledgeable staff add an extra touch of magic to your evening, ensuring that every aspect of your experience is seamless and extraordinary. So, whether you’re looking to impress a new flame or rekindle the spark with a long-time partner, La Saloon Cocktail Bar is the ultimate destination and my number 1 pick for NYC. http://www.lesalon-cocktailbar.com

Philadelphia

The Library Bar is a haven for bibliophiles and cocktail aficionados alike, blending the art of mixology with the magic of literature. As you step through the door, you’re greeted by towering bookshelves filled with classics, hidden alcoves inviting intimate conversations, and an ambiance that transports you to an era of literary indulgence. If that wasn’t a big enough hint, from the moment you peruse the menu, it becomes abundantly clear that this is no ordinary bar. Each drink is a meticulously crafted masterpiece, inspired by beloved authors and their iconic works. So, whether you’re seeking a sophisticated evening of literary romance or simply a unique and captivating date night experience, The Library Bar in Philadelphia is the best spot to ignite your imagination. https://www.rittenhousehotel.com/dining/librarybar/library-bar-menu

Welcome to Love City Brewery, a place where love and craft beer intertwine to create the ultimate destination for a remarkable date night. From hoppy IPAs that dance on your taste buds to smooth and rich stouts that warm the soul, there’s a beverage for everyone to fall in love with. The knowledgeable and passionate staff are like cupid’s helpers, guiding you through the beer menu and offering recommendations that will make your taste buds swoon. But Love City Brewery is not just about the beer— no, it’s about creating an experience that sparks romance and connection. The spacious taproom provides ample space to cozy up at one of the communal tables, engage in lively conversation, or challenge your date to a game of shuffleboard. This place truly embodies the spirit of Philadelphia, celebrating the city’s rich history and artistic soul… a place where strangers become friends, and friends become lovers. https://lovecitybrewing.com/homepage

Atlanta

To start, we’re going to visit 9 Mile Station. Perched high above the bustling city of Atlanta, it beckons lovers of panoramic views to embark on an unforgettable date night. The rooftop bar and restaurant combine modern elegance with a whimsical charm, the air is alive with the sound of clinking glasses and soft laughter, creating a symphony of merriment that resonates throughout the space. A meticulously curated selection of craft beers, signature cocktails, and exquisite wines awaits your lips, along with mouthwatering small plates to sumptuous entrees that elevate the evening to new heights – pun very much intended. This rooftop bar offers a sense of serenity and escape, a respite from the chaos of everyday life. Whether you’re cuddled up together under a cozy blanket on a cool evening or basking in the warm embrace of a summer night, the atmosphere is nothing short of magical. https://www.9milestation.com

Nestled in the vibrant heart of Atlanta, there exists a hidden gem that has become the stuff of legends, a place where magic and mischief intertwine to create an unforgettable date night experience. Welcome to Little Trouble. As you step through the door, you are thrown into a futuristic wonderland that pays homage to the neon-lit streets of Tokyo and the cyberpunk dreams of past eras. Transported into a realm of vibrant energy, innovative cocktails, and an ambiance that just oozes cool. The eclectic menu showcases a fusion of Asian-inspired delights and expertly crafted cocktails that are as visually captivating as they are tantalizing to the taste buds. Each sip and bite is a symphony of flavors, a harmonious dance that leaves you craving for more. But it’s not just the delectable cuisine and innovative libations that make Little Trouble the best date night spot ever; it’s the unparalleled sense of adventure and escapism that permeates the air. Every corner holds a surprise, from the intimate booths perfect for stolen glances, the iconic neon red and blue sign at the end of the hallway near the entrance to the bar ( that is perfect for a quick photo ) and whispered conversations above the arcade games that awaken your inner child. To put in the simplest terms I can – Little Trouble ensures that boredom is a forgotten concept. It’s a FROME favourite and my number 1 pick for ATL so walk…no run to make a reservation at this incomparable spot. http://www.little-trouble.com

Los Angeles

Employees Only, where cocktails are crafted with precision, and romance fills the air like a subtle perfume. The dimly lit space is adorned with vintage decor and plush velvet seating, evoking an ambiance of old Hollywood sophistication. The sultry jazz tunes playing in the background create a seductive soundtrack to your evening, adding an air of sophistication and sensuality. But it’s not just the ambiance that makes Employees Only LA a standout—it’s the aura of exclusivity. As you sip your carefully crafted cocktails and immerse yourself in the captivating atmosphere, you can’t help but feel like you’ve discovered a secret world reserved for the chosen few. The menu boasts an array of small plates and delectable bites, perfect for sharing and savoring together. The culinary offerings complement the exceptional drinks as each cocktail is a work of art, combining unique flavors and premium spirits in a mesmerizing symphony of taste. From classic concoctions to innovative creations, the menu ( both in food and drink ) offers something to satisfy every palate. So, whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply looking to impress your partner with an extraordinary night out, Employees Only LA is the definition of date night perfection. https://www.employeesonlyla.com

My final pick for today is a hidden gem ( literally tucked away on Laurel Canyon ) that effortlessly combines elegance, sophistication, and a dash of whimsy to create an unforgettable dining experience/date night. I, of course, am talking about Pace. As you enter, you’re greeted by the warmest and most inviting atmosphere, where rustic charm meets contemporary chic. The ambient lighting casts a soft glow, and the cozy seating arrangements provide an intimate setting where you can engage in meaningful conversations, getting lost in each other’s company. The subtle melodies of live music add a touch of romance, creating an ambiance that is both relaxed and enchanting. And let’s not forget the charming outdoor patio, adorned with twinkling lights and lush greenery, offering a serene escape from the bustling city. Each dish is a masterpiece, created with the finest locally sourced ingredients and a creative flair that will transport your taste buds to new heights. From the first bite to the last, you’ll be treated to a flurry of flavors and textures that will leave you craving more. Pair your meal with a selection from their impressive wine list or indulge in one of their expertly crafted cocktails, each one a work of art in its own right. So, whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply want to elevate your date night, Pace delivers on all fronts. It’s more than just a restaurant—it’s an unforgettable experience. https://www.pacerestaurant.com

Until next time x

HJF for First Rounds On Me

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